The Perils of Moralism: Russian Orthodoxy and Russian Politics

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
Stoeckl_Religious Trationalism and Politcs2_web_jpgIn the recent history of the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian politics, the year 2012 has been a turning point. That year saw the largest mobilization of protesters against the government after the parliamentary elections. In 2012 Vladimir Putin was elected to his third turn as president and received the explicit support of the Patriarch of Moscow. It was also the year of Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer” and the ensuing trial. That same year saw a number of scandals which affected the image of the Church in public opinion, in particular revelations about Patriarch Kirill’s supposed personal wealth. At the very same time, however, the display of famous Orthodox relics in Moscow revealed an astonishing fervor of believers.
All these events resulted in a shift in the power-balance between the Church and the State.
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At the seminar the research group will present findings from their cluster:

“Elaborating Orthodox moral identity in Putin’s Russia”
Alexander Agadjanian is Professor at the Center for Study of Religion at the Russian State University for Humanities. Currently, he is Guest at the IWM.

“Sexual Morality in the Russian Orthodox Church and its impact on Russian politics and legislation”
Konstantin Mikhailov is Lecturer of Religious Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities and Guest at the IWM.

“The Russian involvement in transnational alliances of moral conservatives”
Kristina Stoeckl is APART-Fellow at the Political Science Department of the University of Vienna and research-director of “Religious Traditionalisms and Politics” at the IWM.

“The Perils of Russian moralism: A Lacanian interpretation of the moral discourse in contemporary Russia”
Dmitry Uzlaner is editor-in-chief of the journal State, Religion and Church as well as Associate Professor at The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow, Russia). Currently, he is Visiting Fellow at the IWM.

The seminar is related to the project The Perils of Moralism: Russian Orthodoxy and Russian Politics.